Afterwards we head out for our roadrip around New Zealand. First we head south & inland, towards great central glacier lakes Tekapo & Pukaki. We drive up the valley of the latter one up to Aoraki National Park. The park lies in the central part of Southern Alps and hosts New Zealand's largest mountains, including Mt. Cook (the largest one), towards which we're heading. We manage to explore its surroundings, finding many glacier valleys with their glaciers retreating at the very ends.
After we had enough of the mountains (for now), we head even more South into Otago county. We stop in the city of Dundein with rich Scottish heritage and the only castle in New Zealand, and ride up the Otago Peninsula past the city. The Southlands, which start right past the city, start with Catlins National Park for us. We take a couple of days to explore its picturesque beaches, coves, waterfalls and lighthouses.
Ultimately we head back to the mountains - the Fjordlands National Park, the largest national park of New Zealand. From the lakeside town of Te Anau we head on fairytale-like journey along Milford Road up and down glacial valleys to finally arrive to Milford Sound, the most famous fjord here. And was it worth it! Why? See below in the gallery that is first of 2 parts of our explorations of South Island on New Zealand!